January 11, 2016 by Verse By Verse Quran Study Circle
Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas radhiAllahu ‘anhu:
Allah’s Messenger salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam was the most generous of all the people, and he used to reach the peak in generosity in the month of Ramadan when Jibreel [Gabriel] met him. Jibreel used to meet him every night of Ramadan to teach him the Qur’an. Allah’s Messenger salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam was the most generous person, even more generous than the strong uncontrollable wind (in readiness and haste to do charitable deeds).
[Volume 1, Book 1, Hadeeth # 6]
Imam Bukhari placed this hadeeth in the Book of Revelation because the revelation of the Qur’an began in the month of Ramadan.
The Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam was the most generous of the people, but his generosity would increase in the month of Ramadan. Why was that? One reason could be because Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala increases the reward in this month.
From this hadeeth, we also learn that the Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam would revise the Qur’an with his teacher every year. This teaches us the necessity of revising what one has memorized. If you are memorizing the Qur’an make sure you are revising it with someone as well, or else you will forget it.
The time of the day that they chose for this activity was night. Because, as we mentioned earlier, this is the time when it is calm and one is free from distractions.
From this hadeeth we also learn that the best worship in the month of Ramadan is spending our time with the Qur’an. Read it, understand it, teach it, memorize it and revise the memorized portion in Taraweeh. This is why in the month of Ramadan, we see many institutes and small circles offering Dawrah Qur’an. In these circles, they go through the meaning of the Qur’an from Juz 1 till Juz 30.
Ramadan is a month of collecting rewards. We should exhaust ourselves in chasing goodness. We should increase our voluntary charity in the path of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala as well as studying the Qur’an in the day and at night.